01/14/2019 09:53 am ET

Raj Shah Out As White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary

He joins the growing list of Trump administration officials to exit in recent months.

By Hayley Miller

Raj Shah has left his role as White House principal deputy press secretary, becoming the latest of several Trump administration officials to depart in recent months.

He will launch and head media affairs firm Ballard Media Group with high-profile lobbyist Brian Ballard, Shah said in a statement Monday. Jamie Rubin, a former assistant secretary of state for public affairs under President Bill Clinton, has also signed on to lead the project.

“Our team, with years of proven results, will provide the strategic communications clients need to navigate these challenges and successfully deliver their message to the right audience,” Shah said in his statement.

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.@RajShah45 statement on joining Ballard to head and launch Ballard Media Group along w/ former Clinton admin Asst Secretary of State Jamie Rubin. Shah also lead the media operation for the White House- coordinated effort to successfully place Justice Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS.


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Shah was the first Indian-American to hold the position of White House principal deputy press secretary, CBS News reported.

Neither Shah nor the White House immediately returned HuffPost’s requests for comment.

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